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Most Idahoans say state is on the 'right track,' less confident about America
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
By a slight plurality, most Idahoans believe the United States is on the wrong track, but more than half say Idaho itself is going the right way, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. The survey was taken just after President Donald Trump won the office, and does no reflect views about the first three weeks of the Trump administration. In...

Guest column: Idaho has benefited by conservative leadership
Lt. Governor Brad Little
I am happy to share with you that Idaho is on the brink of incredible opportunity and I look forward to helping lead the way this legislative session and having our great state seize all opportunities. Conservative values have been the governing philosophy of Idaho because of the people who support conservatives in all elective offices. Eight...

Congress repealing Obama last-minute rules
Congressman Raul Labrador, First Congressional District
It’s been an amazing two weeks in Washington. Congress has moved swiftly and boldly to repeal overreaching last-minute rules from the Obama Administration, reasserting its constitutional duty to make the law and pushing back against abuse of executive authority. We did so by reviving the dormant Congressional Review Act (CRA), which had been...

Impact of the anti-Sharia bill
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Idaho State Rep. Eric Redman (R-Athol) hopes the second time is the charm. He has introduced this year House Bill 94. It is a follow-up to a similar measure he introduced last year designed to limit the applicability of foreign law in Idaho. Rep. Redman was quoted in an Associated Press story as stating “[s]tate legislators have a role to play...

Labrador builds a case for term limits
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
When Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador came to Congress six years ago, the thought of term limits was nowhere on his radar. In fact, congressional elections worked well in his mind. He won the 1st District seat in 2010 by knocking out the establishment’s favorite, Vaughn Ward, in the Republican primary, then defeating the Democratic incumbent, Walt...

You’re invited to Idaho Falls law enforcement discussion
Mayor Rebecca Casper
Like so many Americans, I have watched with sadness as conflict between citizens and law enforcement has played out on my television screen. And though those incidents took place far away, in cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore, they got me thinking about our community’s relationship with those who serve and protect us. What were the...

Poll: Idaho residents peg education, economy as top issues for legislators
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As the Idaho Legislature reaches its stride in its 2017 general session, Idaho Politics Weekly finds that education is the most important issue before Gem State residents. In the latest survey by Dan Jones & Associates, 37 percent listed education as the top issue among five listed. The other issues respondents could choose from were jobs and...

Can Idaho and Utah become top-in-the-nation education states?
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Neighboring states Utah and Idaho share a dubious honor – low education spending on a per pupil basis. For years, Utah has been last in the nation in per-pupil spending. Idaho ranks just ahead of Utah. Still, students in both states do reasonably well on standardized tests and assessments. But neither state is considered a top education state...

Political Calendar Highlights

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State of the Cities Breakfast 
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Where: INL Meeting Center, 775 University Blvd., Idaho Falls, ID
Hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the State of the Cities Breakfast is an opportunity to hear from the mayors of Idaho Falls and Ammon about what was accomplished in 2016 and plans for 2017. The cost is $15/chamber members, $20/potential members, and $5 gallery seating. Table sponsorships are available. More info.

D14 Informal "Coffee Talk"
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Wild West Bakery & Espresso, 83 E State St, Eagle, ID
A social, informal, come-and-go-as-you-please meeting.

Caldwell Chamber Noonbreak Luncheon
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: College of Idaho, Simplot Dining Hall
Awards luncheon, sponsor West Valley Medical Center. $15 members, $20 nonmembers and no RSVP. Register and more info.

Nez Perce County Republican Women Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel Lewiston, 621 21st St, Lewiston, ID
Agenda includes speakers pro and con the building of a new high school.

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Idaho Headlines

Immigration order spurs debate over sanctuary cities (Mountain Express)

Marty Trillhaase: Tales from Speaker Bedke's legislative crypt (Lewiston Tribune)

Climate change is liberal 'scam,' according to GOP lawmaker (Lewiston Tribune)

Clow's bill would collect taxes on online sales (Times-News)

New bill would require counties to list bond costs on tax notices (Times-News)

Bill to remove licensing fee from gas hybrids heads to House (Idaho Business Review)

House rejects bill to ban electronic TouchTabs game (Idaho Business Review)

Gov. Otter amends religious discrimination remark (Press-Tribune)

Ag forum: The future of agriculture is bright in Idaho (Press-Tribune)

Bill would create dyed fuel enforcement program in Idaho (Capital Press)

Idaho proposal seeks state funding for farm best management practices (Capital Press)

Grocery tax repeal gains major allies (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Celebrate Monks’ proposal to stop government-funded electioneering (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Gov. Otter says he supports national park status for Craters of the Moon Monument (Idaho Statesman)

Three road funding bills introduced in Idaho House; gas tax hike killed (Idaho Statesman)

‘Hurry up and wait:’ Near its halfway point, Legislature’s ‘weird’ session lurches along (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho Governor Plans Appeal Of Federal Lawsuit Over Sage Grouse Conservation (Boise State Public Radio)

The Power Of Committee Chairs In The Idaho Statehouse (Boise State Public Radio)

Expert: Big liquor law changes aren't necessary (Idaho Education News)

Legislators speak on student loans, vouchers and more (CDA Press)

Rep. Heather Scott proposes bill to protect sled-dog racing (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho bills would let passing cars speed up legally, ban police from profiling motorcyclists (Spokesman-Review)

House panel approves English, math and computer science standards (Idaho Education News)

Is Brent Hill running for lieutenant governor? (Idaho Reports)

Six Idaho officials on their vision for Idaho (Idaho Reports)

National Headlines